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Where did the Irish Durkin family come from? What is the Irish Durkin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Durkin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Durkin family history?

The Durkin surname is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Duarcáin.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Durkin, Durkan, Dorcan, McDurkin, McDorcan, McDurkan, Gurkin, McGurkin, O'Durkin, O'Durcan and many more.

First found in north Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat as Chiefs of their race. Irish history was greatly influenced by the Norman invasion of 1172, and thereafter, the surnames of Irish Gaelic clanns and septs and many of the Norman families became almost indistinguishable. This family name was found later in Sligo where seated and represented the first recorded reference to the name by Sineall, son of Cassan. They were descended through the MacNamara line from the O'Brien Kings of Ireland.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durkin research. Another 209 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Durkin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Durkin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Durkin Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Annie Durkin, who arrived in Virginia in 1670

Durkin Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Anthony Durkin, who came to Philadelphia in 1844
  • Catharine Durkin, who came to New York in 1864
  • Ann Durkin, who settled in New York in 1864
  • Ann Durkin, aged 7, arrived in New York in 1864
  • Catharine Durkin, aged 30, landed in New York in 1864


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  • Kevin Durkin (b. 1973), American professional (PGA) golfer
  • Brian F. Durkin (b. 1976), American actor
  • Martin Patrick Durkin (1894-1955), American administrator, 7th Secretary of Labor in 1953, known as the "plumber" of President Dwight Eisenhower's "Nine Millionaires and a Plumber" cabinet
  • Jim Durkin (b. 1961), American politician, Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives (2013-)
  • Robert Durkin (b. 1923), American chess master, eponym of the Durkin Opening
  • Tom Durkin (b. 1950), American sportscaster specializing in Thoroughbred horse racing
  • Master Sergeant William Lloyd Durkin (1916-2006), American Marine who became famous for rescuing Howard Hughes when the aviation pioneer's XF-11 reconnaissance plane crashed on July 7, 1946
  • John Anthony Durkin (1936-2012), American politician, Democratic U.S. Senator from New Hampshire (1975 to 1980)
  • Trent Bernard "Junior" Durkin (1915-1935), American stage and film actor, perhaps best known for his roles as Huckleberry Finn in Tom Sawyer (1930), and Huckleberry Finn (1931)
  • Raymond M. 'Ray' Durkin (b. 1936), American Democratic party politician, Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee (1985-1990)

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The Durkin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Durkin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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